OconRecon Posted November 25, 2008 Report Share Posted November 25, 2008 http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/..._specialis.html Brady Quinn to visit specialist for second opinion on broken finger by Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer Reporter Monday November 24, 2008, 7:42 PM Plain Dealer File Brady Quinn will visit orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion on his injured right index finger.Browns quarterback Brady Quinn will visit orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion, ESPN's Michael Smith reported Monday evening. Browns coach Romeo Crennel confirmed Monday that Quinn has a damaged tendon in his right index finger in addition to the fracture at the top of the finger. "Yes, that small fracture is where the tendon is attached," said Crennel. "It's right at the tip, and it makes it tough for him to spin [the ball] the way he wants to spin it." After telling local reporters after the game that his injury wasn't a factor in his performance, Quinn revealed to SI.com's Peter King in a phone interview that the damaged tendon impacted his release. King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Quinn told him the injury "makes it doubly difficult to spin the ball with the kind of rotation he usually has coming out of his right hand." Crennel, who yanked Quinn after his second interception of the game and had an 8-for-18 performance for a 21.3 rating, reiterated Monday that the injury was a factor in Quinn's benching. "The combination of some misreads, a couple of turnovers, my knowledge of the finger situation during the week and the way things were going in the game, I thought that I needed to make the change," Crennel said. Despite the injury -- and Quinn's own admission that his throwing was affected -- Crennel is getting hammered locally and nationally for benching Quinn in only his third start. "The big story is about the quarterback and my decision to try to get the team a spark with a different quarterback," Crennel said. "Brady is a good quarterback, and he's going to be a good quarterback. . . . I was trying to get a spark, and I changed the quarterback. When this team doesn't get a spark, it struggles, particularly at home." Crennel also reiterated that Quinn is the starter for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. "Brady is still the starting quarterback," said Crennel. "I told him last night that he had not lost his job. He was disappointed at being taken out of the game. The interpretation about not losing your job, he didn't know whether he was the starter or not because of the frustration." Crennel also stressed that Quinn is not on short leash, which Quinn he said was Sunday night. "If he were on a short leash, I would've told him before the game that 'if you throw two interceptions, I'm going to take you out,'Â¤" said Crennel. "But I didn't do that because it was not my intention. Every game in the NFL is different. You've got to play the circumstances as they come up." Crennel said he would've been happy if backup quarterback Derek Anderson pulled out a victory, but "Brady would still have been the quarterback." ----------------- So, this is starting to sound less like a "stress fracture" and more like an avulsion fracture. Hopefully not a mallet finger, which is raditionally treated with 6-8 weeks of splinting to avoid permanent deformity. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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